How to make a Paloma Cocktail

The Paloma Cocktail

Ask anyone who knows (in other words not you or me) what the most popular cocktail in Mexico is and you will probably get “Margarita” as the answer.

Wrong!

It’s the Paloma. The Paloma Cocktail is the most popular cocktail in Mexico. Source: The Internet

Made simply of tequila, lime juice, salt, and grapefruit soda… it’s a sipping drink that I personally have trouble with… well, sipping. Both refreshing and delicious, it’s hard for me to just sip it.

Here’s a short video of me making the Paloma cocktail:

See? Easy peasy to make. Easy peasy to drink.

No wonder it’s so popular! LOL.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve made one, like it or just whatever you think.

Enjoy! ~brian

Homemade Sloppy Joes Recipe

Sloppy Joes are a go to recipe for many households. Ground beef, spices and ketchup create a simple and savory sandwich filling.

Marilyn grew up with it called “Barbecue Beef” – I grew up with it called “Sloppy Joes”.

Either way, it’s a simple recipe and a staple in many kitchens.

Here’s a little six minute video of how we make our Sloppy Joes using just the bare minimum ingredients:

If you’d like to see our original post from way back in 2010, including the delicious homemade onion dip, go here:

https://hotsaucedaily.com/recipe-makeover-homemade-sloppy-joes-better-than-manwich/

Do you have a favorite sloppy joes recipe that you just love? Please tell us about it or point us to it in the comments below! We’d love to learn about your favorites!

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~brian and marilyn

Michelada Cocktail recipe

Cinco de Mayo Michelada Cocktail Recipe

This Michelada Cocktail recipe features Dos Equis Cerveza and Clamato Juice (the Preparado version).

A michelada is a Mexican cerveza preparada made with beer, lime juice, and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers. It is served in a chilled, salt-rimmed glass. There are numerous variations of this beverage throughout Mexico and Latin America. Wikipedia

Here’s my version:

You will need:

– 4 ounces Clamato Juice (Preparado version preferred)
– 4 ounces Cerveza (Dos Equis )
– Big splash of Lime Juice
– 4 drops Maggi Seasoning
– 2 or 3 dashes of Worcestershire Sauce
– 2 or 3 dashes of Cholula or other Mexican hot sauce
– kosher salt and chili powder for rimming glass

Directions:

1. Dip glass in lime juice and rim with salt and chili powder mixture
2. Add ice to glass, splash in liquid ingredients
3. Pour in 4 ounces Clamato Juice
4. Season with more chili powder
5. Pour in 4 ounces of Cerveza / beer
6. Stir and enjoy!

I hope you try one of these for yourself, you will love it!

Thanks for reading and watching! ~brian

PermaLeaf topiary review

Spring is Here!

I love sitting out on my patio, typing from a soda pdf software and sharing reviews with you.

And beautiful topiary and plants just make everything better.

Luscious palms and other greenery can make your patio, porch and outdoor spaces so much more comfy. I want to share with you a source of awesome potted plants and greenery that require no maintenance.

I was recently sent a sample of a palm tree plant that just looks awesome on my patio.

It’s from PermaLeaf.com http://www.permaleaf.com/

PermaLeaf Topiary

Yes, I love my hot sauces. I love my BBQ. I love my tech gadgets.

But I also love my home and environment. So let me tell you about a great place to find beautiful artificial plants that are reasonably priced and maintenance free.

The Palm Plant

The palm plant that I’m showing you is a beautiful example of the product that this company produces.

It has graced my outdoor patio for a few weeks now and passersby have commented on it more than a few times.

From afar they find it hard to believe it’s artificial.

This particular palm is so well made. The base is heavy and sturdy and ready to be set into any pot or ground that you have available.

You can purchase this palm and so many others at:

PermaLeaf: http://www.permaleaf.com/

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I’m so happy with my palm – it really makes my patio nicer.

Here is the box you get. Nicely packed.

Inside is the beautiful plant ready for you to enjoy and display.

You’ll need to open it up and shape it for the best appearance.

Their plants make a great background for product shots too:

I’m very happy with the quality and appearance of the PermaLeaf Palm Plant.

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Recipe Makeover Homemade Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce

You’ll Never Buy Hunt’s Manwich Sauce in a Can Again

This is my homemade version of Manwich Sloppy Joes that I’ve been making at home since I was a teen. It is so simple, and as Brian says, “it’s the bomb!”.

This is a recipe using 2 lbs of ground beef. You could use 1 lb, but this is so good, and freezes so well (if it makes it that far) that you should go with the 2 lb version. I use my Le Creuset dutch oven, but a large cast iron skillet works as well.

Ingredients:

    • 2 lb ground beef (80/20)

 

    • 1 1/2 large onions, chopped, about 2 cups total (I use Vidalia when available)

 

    • 1 tsp garlic powder

 

    • 1/2 tsp onion powder

 

    • 2 Tbs fresh ground black pepper (we grind a lot ahead of time and keep it in a sealed container)

 

    • 2 1/2 cups Hunt’s or Del Monte Ketchup (NOT Heinz, it’s too salty)

 

    • Kosher Salt to taste, about 1 tsp

 

    Water – 1 to 1 1/2 cups

Instructions:

Brown the ground beef until all the water is cooked out and only grease remains, then throw in the onions and cook until they just start to turn transluscent.

Then add the garlic and onion powder, black pepper, ketchup and salt.

Combine well, then add water to almost cover the mixture. This helps absorb the meat absorb the flavors, and gives a good fine texture, instead of hard chewy lumps.

Cook over medium heat until moisture dissipates, stirring every 10 minutes or so, then turn to low. This takes about 30 minutes, so go have a beer.
When the meat reaches a good thick, wet consistency, check for flavor and add what you think it needs. More garlic? More pepper? More ketchup? Whatever you like. I also sop up any extra grease with a paper towel to cut down on the fat factor.

Serve on a lightly toasted Kaiser or potato roll, along with a side of cole slaw, potato chips, and homemade onion dip, and you’ve got a great quick meal for the family. This is also perfect for potlucks and family reunions….I’ve never come home with any leftovers! Ever!

Homemade Onion Dip

Oh, and the onion dip… easy, and a huge hit with my sons, who used to swear by Helluva Good brand, but they like this better…

8 oz Cream Cheese, softened
3 Tbs. minced onion
Pinch Kosher salt
3 Tbs milk.

Blend (or smoosh with a fork) the cream cheese with the minced onion (don’t go by taste at this point, as the onion flavor gets stronger as it sits), and add a pinch or 2 of coarse Kosher salt. Add milk gradually to reach desired consistency. BE CAREFUL, it gets too thin really quickly if you add too much milk, so be sure to mix in each tablespoon until you reach Nirvana in the onion dip realm. Let it sit for at least 15 minutes. OMG, this stuff is so good!

Cooking Mexican Pork Chorizo

Mexican Pork Chorizo is a raw product that must be cooked.

Unlike it’s Spanish counterpart that is a cured sausage similar to a salami that can be sliced and eaten right away, Mexican Chorizo must be cooked. It usually comes packed in a plastic sleeve that you would discard.

mexican chorizo raw

Preheat a skillet on medium-high, turn out the chorizo onto it and cook away.

Our video shows the progress of cooking chorizo.

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~brian

Easy Fish Taco Recipe

Fish Taco Recipe – Easy and Quick

fish tacos finished

Fish Tacos L = yellow corn with creamy sauce R = white corn with salsa rojo

There was a time when I never had a fish taco, nor did I even want to try one. After all, aren’t tacos supposed to be beef?

But at some point last year, my boss showed up with a few fish tacos from a local carry-out… and man was I hooked! (No pun intended).

Crispy fish, creamy sauce, crunchy cabbage, and some spice all in a handy tortilla! Wow, what an eye-opener!

At this point I feel I should say that here in Maryland, near the beach, we are just a bit far away from the California beach towns that are the home base for fish tacos, fish taco trucks, and other fish taco establishments.

So I hope you’ll forgive me for being late to the party.

Fish Taco Recipe 101

So here now is a super easy recipe for fish tacos. It’s drop-dead simple.

trident brand alaskan cod fillets

Trident Brand Alaskan Cod Fillets

Start with your favorite frozen fish filet product. (We recently discovered Trident Brand Alaskan Cod Fillets from Food Lion) Rated 5 out of 5 Stars Go buy some now. Delicious! Or if you’re feeling adventurous and you have the time,you can always reel prized catch in yourself. Check out these Snake River fishing guides for some tips.

Fish Fillets baking

Fish Fillets baking

Bake the fish. Cut the fillet in half length-wise to fit the tortilla.

Fish Fillets done baking

Fish Fillets done baking

Corn Tortillas

Corn Tortillas

Corn Tortillas White and Yellow

Corn Tortillas Yellow and White

Heat up some soft tortillas… we used corn, but flour tortillas are awesome too.

queso seco crumbling cheese

queso seco crumbling cheese

Add some crumbled cheese – queso seco or any favorite cheese (pepper jack, mild cheddar, queso blanco).

Finely shred some cabbage if you want to be authentic (or any lettuce greens).

Top with any spicy concoction of your choice – salsa, pico de gallo, creamy spicy mayonnaise.

Finish with fresh lime juice and/or avocado slices.

Fish Tacos Dinner

Fish Tacos Dinner

I hope you enjoy your new-found taco fix! If you were like me, and never had one, please let me know in the comments below. I’d love to know who else is “late to the fish taco party”!

Enjoy! ~brian

How to make Smash Burgers 101

Smash Burgers recipe is so simple

Smash burgers are so simple to make. They are basically the home version of greasy-spoon, diner style burgers.

Smashed thin on a flat-top griddle or cast iron pan, and dressed simply to your choice of toppings.

We will NOT criticize you for adding ketchup / catsup. Smash burgers are very personal so do what you like!

You will need:

Some ground beef – I like 85/15.

Some seasoning – I used Morton’s Nature’s Seasons which is basically a salt pepper garlic blend with added herbs and spices. (*any* seasoning will do)

Cheese is optional.

Sautéed onions are optional too.

Small squares of parchment paper or wax paper (foil will do in a pinch)

A quality bun (I like Maier’s Kaiser Rolls).

Technique:

– pre-heat skillet / flat top to medium high heat

– Season small pats of meat with your choice of seasonings

– roll small patties into balls slightly bigger than a golf ball

– place balls o’ meat onto skillet or flat top

– cover with paper and smash super thin

– remove paper

– cook until juices protrude through top of patties

– flip patties and cook until done

– assemble onto buns, add condiments of choice, and enjoy your 2am diner style burger!

Final Step:

Eat and enjoy!

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